For Immediate Release

Contact: Bailey Bernius

Association Announces Four Operation Purple Healing Adventures Locations

Applications Now Accepted for Retreat for Wounded Warriors and Families

August 8, 2012

ALEXANDRIA, VA August 8, 2012— The National Military Family Association is now accepting applications for four Operation Purple Healing Adventures retreats. This family camp experience is for active duty or medically retired service members who were wounded or experienced emotional trauma or illness related to their service in Operation Iraqi Freedom (OIF), Operation Enduring Freedom (OEF), or Operation New Dawn (OND). Apply today!

Operation Purple Healing Adventures 2012 will take place at four locations:

Olympic National Park, Port Angeles, WA
September 28-October 1

NorthBay Adventure
North East, MD
October 5-8

YMCA Camp H.R. Erdman
Waialua, HI
November 2-5

Joe C. Davis Outdoor Center
Antioch, TN
December 7-10

Learn more about each of the locations here.

This program has been designed to address the challenges families face after a combat injury. Participants will experience family-focused activities along with time for parents to relax and enjoy quiet time while their children participate in exciting outdoor exploration supervised by camp counselors.

In addition to these traditional camp activities, Operation Purple Healing Adventures will include structured activities developed by the FOCUS Program (Families OverComing Under Stress). These activities highlight areas of strength and resilience in the family and promote family growth. Families will work together to enhance their relationships through communication activities aimed at building connections and family closeness. Click here to apply for one of these unique family retreats.

Operation Purple Healing Adventures is free to all participants thanks to our sponsors. The Hawaii, Tennessee, and Washington retreats are made possible by the USO, and the Maryland retreat is made possible by the Bob Woodruff Foundation.

About the USO

The USO (United Service Organizations) lifts the spirits of America’s troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide. We provide a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. We also provide critical support to those who need us most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors and their families and the families of the fallen.

The USO is a private, nonprofit organization, not a government agency. All of our programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.  In addition to individual donors and corporate sponsors, the USO is supported by President’s Circle Partners: American Airlines, AT&T, Clear Channel, The Coca-Cola Company, jcpenney, Kangaroo Express, Kroger, Lowe’s, Northrop Grumman Corporation, Procter & Gamble, and TriWest Healthcare Alliance and Worldwide Strategic Partners: BAE Systems, The Boeing Company, Lockheed Martin, and Microsoft Corporation. We are also supported through the United Way and Combined Federal Campaign (CFC-11381).  To join us in this patriotic mission, and to learn more about the USO, please visit

About the Bob Woodruff Foundation

Co-founded by award-winning ABC News reporter Bob Woodruff after he sustained serious injuries while covering the Iraq War in 2006; the Bob Woodruff Foundation is the national nonprofit that helps ensure our nation’s injured service members, veterans and their families return to a home front ready to support them. BWF provides resources and support to service members, veterans and their families to successfully reintegrate into their communities so they may thrive physically, psychologically, socially and economically.

Across the country, the Bob Woodruff Foundation collaborates with organizations and experts to identify and solve issues related to the return of service members from combat to civilian life and invests in programs that connect our troops to the help they need — from individual needs like physical accommodations, job training, financial counseling, to larger social issues like homelessness and suicide. 

Through our charitable investment program, BWF seeks out innovative charitable programs that promote meaningful activity—education, employment, entrepreneurship, volunteering and community integration—for post-9/11 injured service members and their families. BWF is finding and funding organizations that build strong bodies and sound minds and have programs that bring a sense of hope and fulfillment into warrior’s lives.

The Bob Woodruff Foundation has invested nearly $12 million in over 70 organizations, impacting more than 1,000,000 service members, support personnel, veterans and their families nationwide.

For more information about the Bob Woodruff Foundation, please visit

About the National Military Family Association

The National Military Family Association is the leading nonprofit dedicated to serving the families who stand behind the uniform. Since 1969, NMFA has worked to strengthen and protect millions of families through its advocacy and programs. They provide spouse scholarships, camps for military kids, and retreats for families reconnecting after deployment and for the families of the wounded, ill, or injured. NMFA serves the families of the currently serving, retired, wounded or fallen members of the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force, Coast Guard, and Commissioned Corps of the USPHS and NOAA. To get involved or to learn more, visit

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